Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today issued a statement on the revised Republican congressional district map proposal. The deadline to pass a congressional map is Nov. 30.
“Ohioans and Democrats want to see a bipartisan, 10-year map that keeps our largest counties whole, keeps our communities together, and reflects the preferences of Ohio voters. The Republican map fails on every count. It’s textbook gerrymandering to ensure they stay in power no matter the cost.
“Voters continue to speak out against Republican gerrymandering, and as elected officials, it’s our duty to listen. Doubling down and passing an unduly partisan map is a failure of Republican leadership that disrespects the people of Ohio who expected more from their government. It is clear from the map released and the lack of good faith negations over the last few weeks to find a way towards a bipartisan, 10-year map. Republicans are teeing up a veto from the governor or a referendum by the people of this state who they betrayed.”